People warned about making fires irresponsibly

2016-07-08 06:00
 Photo: supplied Meeting attendees.

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UMZIMKHULU has been plagued by illegal fires in the past, especially in rural communities, which have affected animals and farmers badly.
With the start of “fire season” people are warned to be cautious when making a fire.

In 2014 Umzimkhulu Municipality Mayor Mphuthumi Mpabanga and officials urged parents to guard against their children starting veld fires.

This week the municipality, at a stakeholders meeting in council chambers, warned people about the risk of making fires during the winter fire season when it is so dry. Mpabanga, at the meeting, said burning grass in winter is dangerous.

“Illegal fires impose a huge danger to our nature and vegetation. It is important for people to be warned about the dangers of making fire.”

Mpabanga called on police to arrest those who start illegal fires.

''As the leadership of House of Traditional Leaders in Umzimkhulu, we appreciate and applaud this initiative of talking to people about illegal fires because it comes with strategic intervention. Everyone has to make sure that we fight illegal fires and shame culprits as they destroy nature. Young people must be invited on these meetings to be cautioned about illegal fires,” said Chief Laurance Baleni.

During the meeting people were encouraged to come up with suggestions on how to fight illegal fires.

Sisa Damoyi, who represented the Umzimkhulu Farmers’ Association, called on people to work with the municipality to curb illegal fires, which affect farmers.
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